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Medford to host chamber convention

Medford will host the 2014 Oregon Chamber Leadership Convention, Aug. 14-16, at the Inn at the Commons.

"This statewide convention will provide an opportunity for leaders in our community to come together and showcase Medford and the Rogue Valley," said Eli Matthews, a Medford City Council member and information services director for the Chamber of Medford/Jackson County.

Chamber officials expect the convention to draw more than 200 chamber of commerce representatives from across the state. However, the leadership skills development workshops, tours and related events are open to the public.

Keynote speakers for the event include Umpqua Bank CEO Ray Davis, author Robin Thompson and motivational speaker Larry Helms.

The annual event took place in Florence in 2013 and is scheduled for Lincoln City in 2015.

Harry & David CEO Craig Johnson, gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson, retired Umpqua Dairy executive Brian McQuade and local chamber CEO Brad Hicks also will participate in discussions.

The three-day event includes a Harry & David factory tour and visit to the Harry & David Country Store in Medford; stops at Rogue Creamery, Lille Belle Farms Chocolate and Ledger David Cellars Winery in Central Point; along with visits to RoxyAnn Winery, 2Hawk Winery and Southern Oregon Brewing Company.

Guitarist Micah McCaw, comedian Sheryln Smith and DreamWeaver Productions will provide music and entertainment.

Registration prior to July 14, including all meals, costs $130; After that date the cost is $150. Single-day registration for Friday or Saturday costs $75.

Participants may register by mail: Medford Chamber, 101 E. Eighth St. Medford, OR 97501; fax 541-776-4808; or online at www.medfordchamber.com.